This is my story – Part Five: Moving to London

By the age of 18, I had a lot of the over-confidence of youth, but that was tinged with the realization that I had a lot to learn. As I left the safety of my parental home and launched out into London to study medicine, God had a plan to teach me one of the most important lessons of my life—one which every now and then I am reminded that I still do not fully live in the light of.My youthful enthusiasm for God was, at least in part, because I felt I could hold my own socially in a church e … [Read more...]

This is my story – Part Three: My Baptism and sense of call

As a young child, one of my favorite verses was the following: Acts 10:47—“Can anyone withhold water for baptizing these people, who have received the Holy Spirit just as we have?” My parents found themselves with no arguments left. I had received the Spirit just as they had. I was clearly a Christian. How could they stop me any longer from being baptized?I remember the day well. We had a temporary wooden baptistery with a plastic lining. I loved watching the pipes being used to fill and em … [Read more...]

Henry Tyler: Getting your marching orders. Missional preaching from the 1980s

This is the real cream of the crop of this discipleship series. No one is a disciple until they are also engaged in the mission of making disciples. Missional is a buzz word today, but here is an example from the 1980s of a talk designed to help us get caught up with God's purposes. Brilliantly pastoral, Henry explores the reasons why so many Christians struggle with evangelism. You won't feel condemned listening to this talk, but you will be inspired to a life of reaching out and showing love … [Read more...]

Henry Tyler: Laughing all the way to the bank

This third session in a series from my mentor Henry Tyler focusses on the vital place of joy in the life of the Christian. He also speaks about the role money has in our maturity. I hope you are enjoying this series of talks and if you have missed the … [Read more...]

More discipleship from Henry Tyler: “Being a High Flier for God”

In this second session of the audio discipleship course I introduced you to in the last post, Henry wisely dissects the difference between selfish ambition and godly ambition. Every young person should definitely listen to this, and every older person will also benefit. God really does want you to be successful in the tasks he has for you. These talks will help you to pursue your purpose diligently but not arrogantly. … [Read more...]

Learn from my mentor Henry Tyler, a wise pastor now in glory

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I have been looking forward to this moment for a very long time. I have a real treat for you over the next week or so. I invite you to join me in being trained by a wise older brother, who has now long been in glory.  The next few posts are really an audio discipleship course. These messages have been lost for decades, but after repeated appeals on this blog, someone has discovered a dusty set of tapes and sent them to me to digitise.Henry Tyler was a mentor to me many years ago. You can … [Read more...]

In appreciation of Arnold Bell

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This is going to be a personal post, mostly of relevance to my Newfrontiers family. But I am sure many of my readers who only know of us through these posts will find in this a glimpse into the warm, relational, family on a mission that is the group of churches I have been a part of for more than 40 years. It is not good to serve our Lord alone. I am thankful to God that I am part of a community which spans the globe. Perhaps God is calling you to join us if you don't already have a similar … [Read more...]

Please pray for more joy-producing work of the Holy Spirit in me and also in you

A book by my long since with Jesus mentor, Henry Tyler which he called "Jump for Joy" on page 33 says some devastating words. Devastating to spiritual complacency, I mean! As I enter  a very busy couple of weeks in which I will cross the Atlantic on business to Chicago, and preach three times back in London, I can think of nothing better to ask you to pray for me, and to urge you to pray for yourself than that we will know in ever fuller measure in our experience this work of the Holy Spirit in … [Read more...]

A reformed charismatic in 1984

A very dapper looking Terry Virgo shows that as a young charismatic he was very much already reformed. This idea that reformed charismatics are a "new breed" is shown to be wrong by this video from Downs Bible Week alone. Now if only someone could find me some video of my dear departed friend and mentor Henry Tyler, or at least an audio recording. I still miss him sometimes, but thank God for the deposit he left behind in so many lives.Watch Terry Virgo at Downs on Vimeo (works with … [Read more...]

C. J. Mahaney on People God Killed – A Sermon That Changed My Life

If you are an avid C. J. Mahaney listener, you may well have heard of a series of talks he did many years ago on people in the Bible who God killed. In which case, I've got a real treat in store for you! But first, let me set the context.I would like to share with you a few sermons over the coming weeks or months that have impacted me so much that I still remember them. I am convinced that the gentle "drip drip" effect of being continually exposed to good teaching over many years is as important … [Read more...]


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